This Nostalgic Summer Bucket List Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again
Remember when you were a kid and Summer felt like a big, defining period of time? You had three months of freedom to play in the pool, hang with your best friends, and only come home to grab dinner and snacks before heading out again on your bike. You did crazy stuff, had no real cares in the world, and probably fell in love at least once (like with the boy you thought was your soulmate at 13). Every year had epic moments.
As adults, it's so easy to get caught up in adulting that we forget to actually enjoy those simple pleasures of Summer. But each year can still hold the promise of new experiences, laughter, love, and personal growth — only if we let it.
The best way to do this is to make a conscious effort to live in the moment. This Summer bucket list takes all the things you loved about these months as a kid (sleepover parties with your best friends) and takes them to new adult levels (add booze). With a little creativity, you can have plenty of moments that make you feel like a kid again.
Play in the Sprinkler
Remember how good it felt to run through the cold water of the sprinkler on a really hot day? It was freeing and so much fun. There's no reason you can't do it as an adult. It's basically a more fun, less expensive version of therapy.
Join a Summer Sports Team
Speaking of activities that are both nostalgic and good for you, why not join a Summer sports team? Most cities have adults-only sports clubs that will help you recall your (hopefully fond) memories of participating in extracurriculars during the Summer months. We definitely recommend finding a kickball league.
Have a Sleepover Party
Throw it back to the good ol' days when everyone would rather spend the night together than go home to their separate abodes. Make your sleepover into an adult bash with alcoholic drinks, R-rated movies, and upgraded versions of your favorite childhood treats.
Nothing says Summer quite like a popsicle. Buy them from the store or get creative and make your own for the ultimate nostalgic treat.
Have a Water Balloon Fight
Oh, the thrill of running away from your friends and siblings under threat of an in ice-cold water balloon smacking you in the back. Set up a time and place for a water war with friends or family, and hold nothing back. If that doesn't bring you some Summer nostalgia, I don't know what will.
Buy Something From the Ice Cream Truck
For some reason, buying ice cream from the ice cream truck is special. It just tastes better than store-bought ice cream, right? Plus, you'll feel like a kid again when your order a cartoon-themed treat or a colorful pop.
Drink Adult Versions of Kid Beverages
Kool-Aid is a staple of many '80s, '90s, and early '00s childhoods, but feel free to get creative with this one. Make a grown-up (aka alcoholic) version, or opt for whatever your favorite childhood sweet drink was, whether it was Fruitopia or Capri Sun.
Use Pool Floats
Pool floats aren't just for the 'gram. Back in the day, you may remember, we actually played in the pool with them. Give it a try again!
Stay Up to Watch the Sunrise
Convince your crew to stay up all night with you — long enough to see the sun come up over your city or town. When we were kids, this was the hallmark of a successful sleepover party.
Go to Camp
Summer camp was something special, but there's no reason you can't recreate it! Believe it or not, there is such a thing as adult Summer camp — but if you don't want to sign up for one of those, you can always grab your crew and simply go camping together.
Making s'mores is a time-honored tradition. Don't have access to a fire pit? No worries: there's a kit for that!
Have a Pizza Party
Pizza parties used to seem like such a novelty. These days, they probably sound more like a Wednesday night when you don't feel like cooking. Gather your friends and break out some '90s decor to reframe your opinion of the classic preteen pizza party!
Watch Scary Movies
Bust out the sleeping bags and huddle around the TV to catch some scary movies! Bonus points for telling spooky stories afterwards with a flashlight held under your chin.
Build a Fort
If you ever built a fort as a kid, you know what magical places they can be. If you have the space, build an outdoor fort, like a treehouse or a little DIY lean-to. If you're confined to an apartment, there's no shame in draping a sheet over your sofa cushions!
Climb a Tree
Go outside, find yourself a friendly looking tree, and climb it! Just do yourself a favor and pick a sturdy one.
Make a Candy Necklace
Candy necklaces are amazing for two reasons: they're adorable and they're a delicious, sugary treat. And since they were all the rage back in the day, bring some of that magic back now.
Camp Out in Your Backyard
Camping out in your own backyard used to be one of Summer's greatest pleasures. Nowadays, you probably won't even get so scared you run back inside at midnight (probably).